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Debian vs Ubuntu: How Far Has Ubuntu Come in 10 Years?

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Ubuntu recently released 14.10 “Utopic Unicorn”, which coincides with the fact that Ubuntu is now 10 years old! The king of Linux distributions has come a long way since its inception in 2004, so it’s a good idea to go down memory lane and take a look at the journey it has gone through so far. We’ll also take a look at how it has developed differently to Debian, the distribution upon which it is based.

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Tanglu 2 Offers Classic GNOME and KDE Desktop with the Help of Debian – Gallery

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GNOME
Debian

Tanglu, a Linux distribution based on Debian that provides a classic GNOME and KDE desktop experience, has finally reached version 2.0 and is now available for download.

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Debian 8.0 Jessie - GNU/Linux vs. GNU/kFreeBSD Benchmarks

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Here's our latest benchmark results comparing the performance of Debian Jessie GNU/Linux vs. GNU/kFreeBSD -- the Debian port that uses the FreeBSD kernel rather than Linux.

The Debian GNU/kFreeBSD port is now shipping with the FreeBSD 10.1 kernel by default and aside from that has most of the standard GNU utilities and user-land supported by Debian GNU/Linux. GCC 4.9.1 is the default compiler and UFS is the default file-system for GNU/kFreeBSD.

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Devuan: Unto Us a Fork Is Born

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We knew it was possible; the signs were all there. The Systemd Inferno, after all, had been raging for far too long.

But more than a few of us were still holding out hope. "Things will surely get better," we thought.

Then the news came. The rumored Debian fork has now become real, and its name is "Devuan."

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MX-14.3 Is an OS Based on Debian That Can Bring Old Computers Back to Life

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MX-14, a fast, lightweight, and easy-to-install Linux Live CD distribution based on Debian stable, for Intel-AMD x86-compatible systems, has been upgraded to version 14.3 and is now available for download.

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Semplice Linux 7 Shows That You Can Still Innovate with a New Desktop Environment

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Linux
Debian

Semplice Linux is a GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian's Sid unstable branch that aims to provide a clean and simple user experience. A new version has just been released and it's quite different from any of the previous versions.

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Elive 2.4.6 beta released

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This version of Elive includes a first selection of the packages that should be used in the next Stable version, we have not finished yet with the selection but there’s already a good amount of them included, there’s also nice tools created by elive that are meant to make your life much easier!, also, since the version of Reiser4 supports TRIM for SSD drives we updated the version of reiser4progs.

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Meet Devuan, the Debian fork born from a bitter systemd revolt

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Debian’s suffering a civil war, and it’s all because of systemd. A Debian systemd maintainer and others have resigned, a splinter group threatened to fork Debian if the controversial init system was made mandatory, and a Debian Technical Comitttee vote chose systemd as Debian’s default init system.

The latest development is a vote that concluded “Support for other init systems is recommended, but not mandatory.” In other words, packages in Debian can force the use of systemd.

Now, the group that threatened the fork is making good on their threat.

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Tails 1.2.1 is out

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Tails, The Amnesic Incognito Live System, version 1.2.1, is out.

This release fixes numerous security issues and all users must upgrade as soon as possible.

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Q4OS: Debian Stable with the Trinity Desktop Environment

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Debian

Q4OS is like Exe GNU/Linux a distribution using the Trinity desktop and based on Debian Stable. In fact I could have picked Exe as well for review but Q4OS just had a new release and it looks cleaner from the start. It was simply the novelty factor that pulled me towards it and it's got a few nice touches of its own as we shall see. Version 0.5.20 was just released on 11/11/2014 and is available both for the mainstream 32 (i386) and 64-bit architectures. The images are a modest 314MB and 337MB respectively which makes for a speedy download and will definitely fit on your CD or even older USB sticks.

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